Mental Fatigue in Elite Sport Podcast
This podcast will give an overview of current knowledge, practical applications and future directions for managing mental fatigue in elite sport.
This is a recording of an ESSA webinar presented on 3 May 2022.
Mental fatigue negatively influences physical, technical, tactical, and psychological aspects of sporting performance. However, despite athletes and staff perceiving mental fatigue to impact performance in training and competition, mental fatigue and recovery is not routinely assessed nor managed in athletic populations. Accordingly, there is potential to improve performance through better understanding and managing mental fatigue and recovery in sport. This presentation will outline what mental fatigue is and its proposed mechanisms, what we currently know about the impact of mental fatigue on aspects of performance, and how athletes experience mental fatigue across several high-performance sporting contexts. Knowledge on potential subjective, behavioural, and physiological indicators of mental fatigue and evidence-based approaches to managing mental fatigue will be shared. The application of prior research findings and applied case studies along with the future directions for research and practice of mental fatigue, recovery, and cognitive performance in relation to sport will be discussed to educate practitioners on why they should work towards appropriately identifying and managing mental fatigue and recovery in their athletes.
Presented by Dr Suzanna Russell
Suzy Russell is a postdoctoral research fellow investigating mental fatigue and recovery in partnership with the Australian Institute of Sport. In 2020, Suzy completed her PhD, titled ‘Mental Fatigue in Elite Sport’ at the University of Queensland in partnership with the Queensland Academy of Sport and Netball Australia. Prior to this, Suzy undertook a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science, where her Honours project investigated hydration and physiological strain in V8 Supercar drivers. Having held various research positions working with novel recovery technologies in both elite athletes and clinical populations, Suzy has a strong interest in improving athletic performance, particularly in team sport. Suzy is an Accredited Sports Scientist with Exercise and Sports Science Australia, and has previously worked as a performance analyst with the Queensland Firebirds and Brisbane Lions. In addition to mental fatigue, recovery and cognitive performance, Suzy is passionate about athlete and staff well-being and promoting mentally healthy sporting environments. Suzy continues to engage with research that works to improve training and competition practices in elite athletes with a focus on mental fatigue and recovery.
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